Data protection act 1998

We are committed to your right to privacy and handling your information responsibly. We will not store or use your details for marketing purposes without your express permission (i.e. opting in). Any registration details and site visitor information will only be used to deliver the services you have opted in for (e.g. email newsletters). We will never pass your details on to any third parties for marketing or sales purposes.

If at any time you wish to "opt-out" of such use then please send us a message via the ‘contact us’ section of the website and we will remove your details from our mailing list or write to us at the address above. Alternatively, click on the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any of our email communications to be removed from our list.

If at any time you wish to request information about what data we hold about you, or to notify us of an amendment to your data, then this can also be done by sending us a message via the ‘contact us’ section of the website or to the address above. These requests will be free of charge.

Updates to privacy policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy is regularly reviewed and any updates can be found online.

Cookie Information

Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by measuring web traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify our website’s developers. Most of these only contain randomly generated numbers, and cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.

Cookie set by this website

Google Analytics

Cookies: _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz.

Expiry: 2 years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; 6 months (respectively)

Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data.

Cookie: local_group

Expriy: 1 year

Purpose: This cookie stores the local group selected, to improve the user experience when using the site.

Expression Engine

Expression engine is the software that this website is built on. It sets the following cookies:

Cookie: exp_tracker

Purpose: End of session. Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.

Cookie: exp_last_visit

Expriy: 1 year.

Purpose: Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

Cookie: exp_last_activity

Expriy: 1 year.

Purpose: Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

Cookie: cookies_allowed

Expriy: 1 year.

Purpose: Indicates whether the user has given consent for cookies to be set.

Managing Cookies

Most Internet browsers allow users to control the acceptance of cookies via the browser’s settings. Visit allaboutcookies.org to find out how to configure these settings on a number of major browsers.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

Changes to this privacy policy

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 06 January 2014.